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Family mourns son killed in train accident

The family of the 15-year-old boy fatally injured by a commuter rail train in Concord remembered him Wednesday as a young man “loved by everyone whose life he touched.” Dylan Smyth was a rising sophomore at Concord-Carlisle High School who was crossing the tracks at the West Concord station with his bicycle Friday when he was struck by a train in what Transit Police have called a “horrific accident.” “There are no words to describe the tremendous grief we are feeling after suddenly losing our beloved Dylan,’’ his family said in their statement. “Dylan was a sweet, talented young man, loved by everyone whose life he touched.” Smyth’s family asked for their privacy “during this incredibly difficult time.”



Giraffe euthanized at Franklin Park Zoo

Officials at the Franklin Park Zoo say an 18-year-old giraffe has been euthanized after treatment failed to improve his declining health. The Masai giraffe, named Beau, had been treated for a variety of issues in previous years and was not on display at the Franklin Park Zoo this season because of his poor health. Zoo staff said they decided Tuesday to euthanize him for ‘‘quality of life reasons.’’ The giraffe had lived at the zoo since 1999 and had six offspring, including 1-year-old Amari, who still lives at the zoo. (AP)


Brandeis reopens after earlier bomb threat

Brandeis University in Waltham reopened its campus at about 5 p.m. Wednesday after a bomb threat forced evacuations earlier in the day, according to a statement from the university. The school evacuated about 300 students and nearly 1,000 administrators, professors, and support staff as a precaution. The closure and evacuation was announced via social media around 9:52 a.m. The threats were made through e-mail, the university said. Public safety personnel searched the campus in response to the threat, officials said. Police are investigating the source of the threat. The campus will “operate as normal” Thursday, with the incident not affecting the schedule for student move-ins and orientations, the statement said.

Bristol, R.I.

Tribe, Brown agree to meet over disputed land

The leader of a tribe that has set up an encampment on Brown University over land that they claim as their own says he and university officials have agreed to meet. Winds of Thunder, the tribe’s sagamore, or chief of chiefs, tells The Providence Journal he met with representatives of the Ivy League school Tuesday and they agreed to meet on the disputed land. University spokeswoman Cass Cliatt called it ‘‘the beginning of a conversation.’’ The Pokanoket Nation say their ancestral home in Bristol was illegally taken from them hundreds of years ago. University officials say the land was donated decades ago and they own the legal title. (AP)


Presque Isle, Maine

Spacing error fixed, university gets grant

Sen. Susan Collins says the University of Maine at Presque Isle is getting an Upward Bound grant for $623,665 that was originally rejected because of a line-spacing issue. She praised the US Department of Education for fixing the error. (AP)